First lady Jill Biden poses for photos with Gustavo Gonzalez, SVCTE Fire Science/First Responder Class of 2008, during the Independence Day Celebration on the South Lawn of the White House Sunday, July 4, 2021.
Gustavo Gonzalez, Oakland Firefighter Paramedic and Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE) Fire Science Class of 2008 graduate was selected by the National Association of Hispanic Firefighters to participate in the White House celebration honoring Front Line Workers and First Responders.
Gonzalez said, “I am honored and humbled to have been selected to represent the dedicated firefighters working on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic. This pandemic has hit local communities extremely hard, and I am proud to represent our department and the National Association of Hispanic Firefighters who have worked hard to ensure vulnerable populations have access to COVID testing, vaccinations, and other key resources.“
During his career with the City of Oakland, Gonzalez has served the community in several positions: as The National Association of Hispanic Firefighters Western Region Vice President; a proud member of Oakland Firefighters Local 55; and in leadership roles with the Oakland Latino Firefighters Association.
Phil Gonzales, an instructor of SVCTE Fire Science/First Responder said, "Firefighter/Paramedic Gonzalez represents SVCTE Fire Science program and the Oakland Fire Department with extreme honor. I am proud to have had him as a student along with many others that have done so well since completing our program."
SVCTE Fire Science/First Responderprogram was one of57 California’s leading educational honorrecipients, the Golden Bell Award in 2019. The Golden Bell Awards are presented by the California School Boards Association to promote excellence in public education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs and governance practices. The awards reflect the depth and breadth of education programs and governance decisions supporting these programs that are necessary to address students’ changing needs.
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